Rated: R for language throughout, drug content and some violence. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: April 28, 2017 Released by: BH Tilt
An illusory, if preposterously power trip stroke onto a Los Angeles crime drama feels like a superhero origin story from music video auteur J.D. Dillard.
In Sleight (having shades of Iron Man and Dope or X-Men and Boyz in the Hood, if you will) there is a street fellow Bo (an appealing Jacob Latimore of Collateral Beauty) who gets involved in a drug scheme after losing his mother. Forgoing a chance for an education because of his circumstances, Bo pushes himself by day and night with a levitation savvy and dealing for charismatic, if crazy Angelo (Dule Hill, best known for his small-screen roles on The West Wing and Psych) with a .
A grounding element in the screenplay by Dillard and Alex Theurer includes Bo's interactions with his sister Tina (Storm Reid) for whom he prepares breakfast and dinner when not dazzling onlookers some of whom providing tips necessary for a less stressful domestic life. Also, one tipper (who likes what he does with a ring) turns into an interest he pursues, Holly, as Seychelle Gabriel has some decent screen presence herself and with a versatile Latimore with key anatomical magnetism and disinfectant to boot.
Using a desperate thief who ends up in too deep with Angelo employing his prolific talents when diluting product just makes the larger-than-life aspect at odds with what Dillard and his collaborators (including a brooding score) manage for the most part with the story and characters. The filmmaker and Latimore exhibit much promise even if the sacrificial notion of superior control (explained later to diminishing effect) proves less than a stellar Sleight of hand.